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It appears that Lutheranism 101 has included a misleading definition rejected by the LCMS Commission on Doctrinal Review in its “Decision regarding challenges filed against Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions. A Reader’s Edition (CPH, 2005),” which temporarily revoked doctrinal review certification because of numerous passages and features of the volume which were “inadequate, misleading, ambiguous, or lacking in doctrinal clarity.”
Of the thirteen recognized problems out of the 44 challenged points, one of the legitimate problems the CDR found, and ordered to be revised, was in the Glossary, “the definition given of ‘Sacrament’ ascribes a ‘sacramental’ significance not just of the pastoral office but of the person of the pastor, in a way that moves beyond our church’s position.”
A Supplement of Explanations and Clarifications for the First Edition (2005), sent people who had purchased the first edition, included the CDR-ordered corrected definition of Sacrament:
“A Sacrament is a sacred act instituted by God, in which God Himself has joined His Word of promise to a visible element, and by which He offers, gives, and seals the forgiveness of sins earned by Christ. By this definition, there are two Sacraments: Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Sometimes Holy Absolution is counted as a third Sacrament, even though it has no divinely instituted element. (LC IV 74; Ap XIII4).“
However, Lutheranism 101, in its Glossary, has reused the erroneous definition previously rejected by the CDR:
“In the Lutheran Church, a Sacrament is a sacred act that (1) was instituted by God, (2) has a visible element, and (3) offers the forgiveness of sins earned by Christ. The Sacraments include Baptism, the Lords Supper, and also Absolution (if one counts the pastor as a visible element)”
Presumably this erroneous definition will be replaced by the corrected definition of sacrament before the second reprinting of Lutheranism 101.
Lutheranism 101 is on back order at CPH and will not ship until November 22 at the earliest.
Unfortunately, CPH chose to not inform purchasers of this delay – easy enough to do using email (I placed my order online on Oct 28 and called today to find out when it would ship.)
See #1, OYoung.
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